Apr 19, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wingMarian Hossa
(81) celebrates scoring the game-winning goal against the Nashville Predators with centerJonathan Toews
(19) and right wingPatrick Kane
(88) during overtime at the United Center. The Blackhawks beat the Predators 5-4 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
We take this break from the Stanley Cup playoffs to ask a question. Do you want to see your favorite Blackhawks in the Olympics? The last time the NHL played in the Olympics the following June the Blackhawks were hoisting the Stanley Cup.
The IIHF put out this statement which makes it sound that the NHL players are highly likely to be playing in the Olympics. Nothing is official but the term you will hear all day about the subject is- it’s moving closer to agreement.
The 2008 Olympics were very memorable with the USA vs Canada going into overtime for the gold medal with both Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews playing big roles for each teams success even though it was Sidney Crosby‘s goal to win the Gold.
The NHL already has schedule plans for the Olympics with a league break from February 8th to February 24th.
It could be an exciting month for Blackhawks players starting with the Olympics in February and ending on March 1st with the outdoor game in Soldier Field. The critics will always say that it’s not good for them to risk injury with the extra games, but the Olympics in 2008 were extremely exciting and sports fans that never watch hockey were talking about the HOCKEY.
The other argument is that true amateurs should be playing in the Olympics rather than professionals, but that kind of thought process was sold down the river a long time ago. So Do you want to see Duncan Keith and Toews wearing Canadian colors and Kane wearing the red white and blue? It seems like it’s a lifetime away but really it’s right around the corner.
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